We’re just over a month away from UFC lightweight champion Mayweather Mcgregor making his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs), one of the greatest pugilists of all-time. While early odds had McGregor as the predictably massive underdog, either near or north of +1000, money has been pouring in on McGregor to considerably tighten the odds, although Mayweather is still a comfortable favorite.
Bovada.lv sports book manager Kevin Bradley discussed the magnitude of this matchup and what it means for the bookies who set the betting lines.
“We knew this fight would be big, potentially even bigger than the Super Bowl, but now we are almost certain it will be,” Bradley said (via Yahoo’s Kevin Iole). “The recent trash talking and promotional tour is only encouraging bets and at this rate we cannot even imagine how much we will take on it. One thing is for sure though, we will need Mayweather huge. A McGregor early round KO as he promised would be a potential disaster and is partly a reason we are giving a great price on Mayweather at the moment.”
The latest odds on Bovada’s site have Mayweather as a -550 favorite, with McGregor at +375. He was briefly at +350 before the number was pushed back up. As of this article’s publishing (Tuesday, July 18th), 5Dimes has Mayweather as high as -740, while SportBet lists McGregor at +550, per Pro Boxing Odds.
If straight-up bets don’t interest you and you prefer props, Bovada has Mayweather at -140 win win by KO/TKO, +250 for a decision win, +450 for a McGregor KO/TKO, and +1000 for Conor to win on the scorecards. In the event you think McGregor is going to throw a kick at Floyd and risk the world’s most obvious point deduction and/or disqualification, you can place +1100 on it, or -6500 if you see McGregor sticking to the rules of boxing. Over/under for 4.99 million PPV buys is currently set at -200 for yes and +140 for no. McGregor to win inside four rounds (like he predicted) can be gotten at +700, while any other result can be bet at -1500 odds.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor goes down on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card airs live on Showtime PPV, with prelims broadcast on the FOX network.
You’ll see Mayweather Promotions, McGregor Sports and Entertainment, T-Mobile Arena, and Showtime PPV all sprawled across the bottom, but not the UFC, as they’re not an official co-promoter. Whether you love him or hate him, McGregor is on record as having sought this sort of arrangement where his own company would be co-promoting a major event, and the UFC lightweight champion has gone and done it.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor takes place on Saturday, August 26th (in case you didn’t read the poster closely), with the PPV costing you $99.95 HD/$89.95 SD. The preliminary card will be broadcast live on FOX.
The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is likely to become the most lucrative event in the history of boxing.
The fight – which will take place on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – was announced on May 18 and a flurry of bets was immediately placed on the outcome.
The contest is now expected to become the biggest betting event of the year in the United States and several other international markets, surpassing even the Super Bowl LII.
Mayweather is the overwhelming favourite to beat McGregor and preserve his flawless professional boxing record come fight night, although because of his long odds, the majority of bets placed have been on McGregor to win.
How did the promotional tour affect the odds?
During the press tour, McGregor confidently announced: “He has little legs, a little core, a little head – I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words”.
The bookies currently have McGregor to win by knockout priced at best price 13/2. But bettors seem convinced by McGregor’s confidence as Oddschecker say that 44% of all round bets have backed the Irishman to win inside 4 rounds.
Of all bets on the fight, the most money has been staked on Mayweather to win in round 1 at 33/1, followed by Mayweather to win in rounds 2 and 3, priced at 25/1 and 20/1 respectively.
In the last six months, McGregor has accounted for 62% of bets between the pair, but the money has been split almost exactly 50:50. Bettors clearly fancy the value in McGregor, with the confident punters backing Mayweather with bigger stakes.
Paddy Power are offering Conor McGregor to win at 40/1 and Floyd Mayweather to win at 20/1.
In both instances, the offer is for new customers only with a £1 max stake, with winnings paid in free bets.
Year after year, the Super Bowl is the biggest betting event of the year in the United States. But this year it could well be eclipsed by Mayweather’s fight with McGregor.
Kevin Bradley, the sports book manager at Bovada, recently told Yahoo:
“We knew this fight would be big, potentially even bigger than the Super Bowl, but now we are almost certain it will be. The recent trash talking and promotional tour is only encouraging bets and at this rate we cannot even imagine how much we will take on it.
“One thing is for sure though, we will need Mayweather huge. A McGregor early round KO as he promised would be a potential disaster and is partly a reason we are giving a great price on Mayweather at the moment.
The first jabs of the much-anticipated Mcgregor Mayweather Live mega fight have been thrown. While it wasn’t in the ring—viewers will have to wait until August 26th for that to happen—the two superstars went head-to-head at the Staples Center in a press conference for the ages on Tuesday afternoon.
Much was said during the back-and-forth. McGregor, dressed in a stylish suit and bragging about his own line coming out soon, promising to knock his foe out within four rounds. Mayweather—adorned in a tracksuit that McGregor poked fun at—stated that he’s going to knock down anyone up against him like a bowling pin. That prompted a the UFC star to mention that Money has not knocked out anyone in “20 years.” source